independent votes put together that shows an average of all the polling and independence, take a look -- it's the linchpin of the election. where it is now going. perfectly tied. [laughter] i mean, thanks a lot, independents. >> well, let's face it. if you think the system is broken and you say that you're not going to participate in that anymore, you are going to wait and wait it out, and see what's going on. the good news for mitt romney is that you look at those polls and see that on individual state polls and as it goes for independence. mitt romney still enjoys an advantage in several key places among independents, and that has to be encouraging for his campaign even as they get all of these bad polls put out on their head. he won one how does this change, if at all, mitt romney's strategy. some are arguing, including charles krauthammer, that romney needs to do well in the last five weeks.